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Closing Advice

Interview with Hugh, Jennifer and Johnny

JM: What else would you want a friend or family member to know if they have a loved one going to this jail?
Hugh: Hopefully your loved one doesn't owe child support because if you put money on their books they take 55% of it. You can go online and order packages for your loved one so they aren't taking the child support. It makes the stay easier when they have commissary.
Jennifer: Write them becuase when you get mail when your in there its the best feeling. Mail is like christmas whether its bad or good news its something. Plus you know people care or are at least thinking of you when you get there letters.
Johnny: As an imate, one of the most touching, humanizing and life- affirming aspects of life as an inmate at SLO County Jail was visits from family members. I had several family members visit me during my roughly 3 months at SLO County, and each time I had a visitor was like a breaht of fresh air. If you have a friend or family member who will be serving time at the SLO County Jail, then I highly recommend thay you visit them as regularly as you can. They may refuse to meet you and see you when you attempt to visit, but this is just because they are likely in a bad mood. Jail can put you in a bad mood easily and make you not want to see any visitors. Visit often and show them how much you love them; visiting will allow you to catch a glimpse of how awful jail is. Second, sending a letter to an inmate is a good way to help the inmate maintain their sanity.

JM: If somebody knows they will be serving time in this jail what is your advice to them?
Hugh: Don't plea bargain at first, wait it out until you get a good deal.
Jennifer: Mind your own buissness, Be respectfull to other inmates and guards. Try your best to get along and pray excercise. do whats necessary for you to get thorugh it. The first two weeks and the last 1 week are the hardest ones you should expirence. When your new dont let the other people see you cry cuase they will thin they can push you around. As hard as it is be strong.
Johnny: (a) It's not as violent in jail as you've been led to believe. (b) The food is bad but not horrible. (c) The other inmates there with you will be non-violent and non-aggressive towards you most of the time. (d) It is relatively easy to get along with the staff at the jail.

JM: Please list any other jail or rehab facilities you have been to.
Hugh: San Francisco Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center
Jennifer: no other.
Johnny: Atascadero State Hospital

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